Africa West Africa World 

Burna Boy’s African Giant nominated for a GRAMMY

African Giant, the recently launched album of Nigerian Musician, Burna Boy has been nominated for a GRAMMY. His album was nominated alongside four others including Angelique Kidjo’s Celia album. Buna Boy’s album was nominated for Best World Music Album which looks at albums containing at least 51 percent playing time of new vocal or instrumental world music recordings. The Nigerian Afrobeats star released the album in July this year. African Giant has songs like Dangote, On the Low, Gbona and Anybody, all previously released singles. Our African Giant has been…

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Africa Featured Nigeria Southern Africa World 

Burna Boy concert in SA cancelled over ‘threat of violence’

Two concerts in South Africa expected to feature Nigerian star Burna Boy have been cancelled. According to a statement from the organizers, the decision was due to “increasing threats of violence”. Burna Boy was scheduled to appear at the Africans Unite concerts in Cape Town and Pretoria the coming weekend. When his appearance on these two shows was announced, it attracted a lot of xenophobic reactions. The musician had vowed not to visit South Africa again in the wake of recent xenophobic attacks on foreigners including Nigerians. So his decision…

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Africa World 

Lady Gaga falls off stage dancing with a fan at Vegas show

Lady Gaga fell head over heels off into the audience during the latest date of her Las Vegas residency. The star had invited a fan called Jack to join her on stage and jumped into his arms – but he lost his footing and the pair plummeted to the floor. “We legitimately thought she was dead,” wrote one audience member on Reddit. Instead, Gaga returned to play Million Reasons with Jack at her side. “It’s amazing,” she said. “We love each other so much we fell off the damn stage.” “We…

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Africa South Africa Southern Africa World 

SA Idols star Thami dies days after collapsing on stage

Promising South African musician and star of the TV talent show Idols South Africa (Season 12), Thami Shobede has died aged 31. Thami Shobede died in hospital in the capital, Pretoria, after collapsing during a live performance last weekend. The star died at Kalafong Hospital, his record label has said. Gallo Reords general manager Robert Cowling said “Gallo Record Company is extremely saddened and shocked to learn of the sudden passing of one of our artists Simphiwe Thamsanqa Shobede, fondly know as Thami.” His death on Thursday according to Cowling…

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Africa Ivory Coast West Africa World 

Video: Why fans opened DJ Arafat’s coffin and undressed him

On Saturday some fans of late Ivorian musician DJ Arafat reportedly opened his coffin and undressed him. It followed a chaotic incident at his funeral, after many had gathered to pay tribute. A video of the incident on social media showed these fans carrying out the act during an unrest at the artist’s funeral in the Ivory Coast city of Abidjan. The fans reportedly wanted to check for tattoos on Arafat and identify him. But there were reports some of the fans also stole some items in the coffin. Fans…

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Africa Nigeria West Africa World 

Mr Eazi’s emPawa project gives hope to African artistes

This year Nigerian-born artist and music executive Mr Eazi launched his emPawa Africa incubator program to support African artistes. The initiative is aimed at investing in the next generation of African talents, largely emerging music stars who lack the needed support. On August 15 entries were opened for submissions from rising African artistes. 30 artists will receive funds to film their music video, get to be mentored and given guidance from musicians like Diamond Platinumz, Sarkodie, Kwesta, Guilty Beatz, Juls, E. Kelly, DJ Neptune, Diplo and Mr Eazi himself. The…

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Africa Ivory Coast West Africa World 

Ivorian Musician DJ Arafat dies in road crash

Ivorian musician DJ Arafat has died following a road accident in Ivory Coast’s main city, Abidjan. The 33-year-old has a huge following in the Francophone region. He had referred to himself as the king of the dance music genre coupé-décalé. His biggest hit song had over five million views on YouTube. DJ Arafat’s real name is Houon Ange Didier. The road crash that killed Arafat occurred on Sunday night but he died on Monday morning. [embedded content] There have been tributes from some African musicians following his death. 😢😢😢 RIP…

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Nigerian musician Tekno arrested for ‘strip dance’ video

A Nigerian musician, Tekno, 26, has been arrested after video of him dancing with “half-naked” women in a truck in Lagos went viral. In a video that was widely circulated on social media, the musician could be seen through a display truck dancing with the women in traffic. The government has condemned the video which was recorded on Friday, describing it as “strange entertainment from the pit of hell.” The footage, according to local media was a scene from Tekno’s unreleased video titled: ‘Agege’ Police on Tuesday said they indeed…

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Africa Ghana World 

“Sco Pa Tu Manaa”, the viral meme everywhere

Its now every where on social media. The term “Sco Pa Tu Manaa” is now the widely used meme on Twitter and has different meanings. But it was made very popular after a Ghanaian musician called Kawoula Biov released a song. “Sco Pa Tu Manaa” then gain popularity after another musician Patapaa used the term in his rap in the song Daavi Neba, in April this year. Patapaa whose real name is Justice Amoah is now a popular Ghanaian musician and raps in terms some don’t really understand. The term really…

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Africa Nigeria West Africa World 

Burna Boy gets Africa talking about his African Giant album

Nigerian Afrobeats star Burna Boy on Friday released his latest album called the African Giant. African Giant has songs like Dangote, On the Low, Gbona and Anybody, all previously released singles. It also has new songs including Gum Body, Secret, African Giant and Different – which features Damian Marley and Angelique Kidjo. Burna Boy was also featured recently on Beyonce’s recently released album The Lion King: The Gift. His work on the album got his fans talking on social media. I’ll just leave this here. #africangiantthealbum 🦍🚀 out on Friday…

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